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The best Meowscarada moveset in Pokemon Scarlet and Violet

This magic cat packs a punch.

Meowscarada is the final evolution of Sprigatito, one of Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’s starter Pokémon. This grass-type Pokémon is one of the game’s most popular Pokémon, and it has a strong kit that allows it to succeed in the upper echelons of competitive Pokémon. This includes its iconic ability, Protean, which is a historically powerful and impactful ability that allows Pokémon to change their typing of will. Combined with Tera typing, Meowscarada is a flexible battler and an offensive tour de force.

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Best Meowscarada moveset in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet

Meowscarada’s original typing is Grass and Dark, giving it advantages against Ground, Ghost, Water, Grass, Electric, and Dark-type moves. However, Meowscarada is weak against Fighting, Flying, Poison, Bug, Fire, Ice, and Fairy-type Pokémon. Meowscarada has a significant amount of weaknesses, so Meowscarada’s moveset should be as offensive as possible, dealing as much damage before it is defeated.

Here is Meowscarada’s best moveset:

  • Flower Trick (Grass-type, 70 BP)
  • Knock Off (Dark-type, 65 BP)
  • U-Turn (Bug-type, 70 BP)
  • Play Rough (Fairy-type, 90 BP)

Flower Trick is Meowscarada’s signature move. It is a Grass-type attack with no accuracy check and a base power of 70, meaning it will always hit the enemy. One significant aspect of Flower Trick is its ability to always result in a critical hit, meaning its effective base power is actually 140. Knock Off is a Dark-type move with 65 base power, but is important in removing essential items from enemy Pokémon.

U-Turn is a Bug-type move that will allow Meowscarada to pivot away from bad match-ups. Meowscarada has a Speed stat of 123, so Meowscarada will often be able to swap away from dangerous foes without putting itself in danger. Play Rough is a Fairy-type move with a high base power of 90 and is a great move for type coverage. These moves are important for type coverage, and Protean will allow you to become a Bug or Fairy-type.

Meowscarada’s best Tera-typing is Fairy. Protean was changed in Pokémon Scarlet and Violet to only work with one type, meaning Meowscarada can only transform into a pure-Grass type, for instance, unless it swaps out. However, you can take advantage of Terrastylization and change your typing, which will override Protean. Combined with a Life Orb, and Meowscarada will be able to deal disgusting amounts of damage. Another item Meowscarada can consider is the Choice Band which will increase Meowscarada’s Attack even further.

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Joshua Chu is a Contributing Writer at Gamepur and is known for fantastic guides on Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. They cover a variety of interesting tips and tricks to succeed in the games, and how best to tackle each world. Joshua also has writing at Kotaku and PCInvation.